The Nintendo Switch Online library of NES games is expanding this month, with two new games announced today. The games will be available from March 13. There are also several special events this month for online subscribers.
The latest NES games to join the online library are:
- Kid Icarus – The evil goddess Medusa has stolen the Three Sacred Treasures and imprisoned the goddess of light, Palutena, in her evil plot to control all. Play as Pit, a young angel who has been entrusted with a magical bow and arrow. Fight against hordes of enemies that swoop from above and below. Secure the Three Sacred Treasures from their evil guardians, equip them and face Medusa in the final battle.
- StarTropics – Step into the shoes of Mike Jones, a teenage star pitcher from Seattle, who has come to the tropics to visit his famous archaeologist uncle, Dr. Jones. After being told that his uncle has been abducted, Mike begins a perilous quest in order to rescue him and figure out the mysterious plot behind his disappearance. Luckily for Mike, he meets helpful villagers and finds more powerful weapons as he explores numerous locations and island hops using his uncle’s submarine.
Nintendo Switch Online members who have downloaded Tetris 99 can participate in the MAXIMUS CUP online event from 5 a.m. PT on March 8 to 11:59 p.m. PT on March 10. The top 999 players who place first during that time will be notified and will each receive 999 My Nintendo Gold Points. You can find out more from the official Tetris 99 website.
As if that weren’t enough, Nintendo is also hosting a series of online qualifier events for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 and Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 tournaments. The winners of the online final events will compete in a final tournament at this year’s PAX East conference in Boston. You can view more details on Nintendo’s event website.
With a membership to Nintendo Switch Online, these games – along with the dozens of NES games already available – can be played any time. Since launching last September, the Nintendo Switch Online library of classic games has grown, with the likes of Super Mario Bros. 3 and gems like Pro Wrestling.
If you’re new to Nintendo Switch Online, there are other benefits available. Apart from access to the growing collection of NES games, the main attraction is the ability to play compatible games online. You can also save data to the cloud and there’s a handy smartphone app that enhances features of supported games. It’s $3.99 per month, or $19.99 for the full year, plus a seven-day trial for those on the fence.
Which of the latest NES games you most excited about playing on your Switch? Let us know your thoughts on the latest additions in the comments section below.